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Sexy Sixties and Seventies Boudoir

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

As a photographer I meet wonderful individuals every day, let me tell you about my encounter with an extraordinary lady I had the honor to shoot recently (pictured in this blog post).

Sabine Reichel a seasoned internationally published author, also advocate for women with gray hair, publisher of the popular Gray in LA Blog was recently featured in HuffingtonPost50 describing her boudoir experience with me as her photographer.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

Namely this lady has caused me to think about my own struggles with age. I am turning 50 this year and somehow the thought, I AM TOO OLD ! has twisted my brain since my childhood.

At 11, I thought I was too old playing with barbies. At 25 I felt too old to model, at 38 I felt too old for child birth, at 45 I felt I was too old to start a new career…

Seriously! That’s just a bunch of bullshit, excuse my French!

Yes, there may be actual physical limitations, such as giving birth after menopause, but let’s be honest, most of our preconceived  notions of age are constructed in or heads and are directly influenced by what the media has presented us over the years. Sometimes it takes inspiration from ladies around us to change our outlook on age.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

When I met 69 year old Sabine Reichel at an event at the posh Edison in Los Angeles I was mesmerized by her positive attitude regarding her age. She shared with me that she was contemplating to reignite her modeling career… at age 69! I was not only impressed by her flawless skin, but also by her strong feministic expression and her I-don’t-give-a-damn-what-others-think philosophy.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

At the end of the evening we had not only found a new friendship, but we also planned to do a photo shoot together.  Sabine is a free spirit and since boudoir is my forte, she was game for a sexy lingerie shoot. Needless to say I was thrilled! I specialize in women over 40 and 50, to have a lady close to 70 was a great addition to my repertoire.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

Yes, this lady was blessed with amazing genes, but it is her bravery and open mindedness that allowed her to discover this new side of herself.  Wrinkles, gray hair or an aching hip? So what! Get over it!

Have you ever seen photos of young super models without make up taken from an unfortunate angle…unedited? Not so hot either! So why should images  of mature ladies be different? It is the lighting the angles, makeup and editing that will make the difference for anybody in front of the camera, trust me!

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

Ladies of any age, do yourself a favor and don’t buy into the lies of our society, that older women should’t be shown as sensual beings.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, SEXY AND POWERFUL!

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For more info or bookings contact me at http://bestboudoirla.com/contactus

xo

Beate Pilgreen

 

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10 best reasons to do a boudoir photoshoot

10 best reasons to do a boudoir photoshoot ~by Best Boudoir LA in Los Angeles

10 best reasons to do a boudoir photoshoot ~by Best Boudoir LA in Los Angeles

Have you wondered why you hear about boudoir photography a lot lately? And what does it really mean?

Boudoir is the french word for a private sitting room or bedroom of a lady. It is a specific genre in photography, typically shot in a private setting of a bedroom, sometimes in a decadent hotel room. Boudoir photography shows ladies in  lingerie, implied nudity and in seductive and sexy poses. A skilled photographer will adjust most flattering poses to fit different body types.

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Who in the world are these women and why would they show themselves in barely clothed? …

This type of photography is literally suited for every woman, any shape, age or size! Most of my clients are women like you and I and not experienced in modeling in any way. I always ask women coming to my studio what their motivations or reasons are for their boudoir photoshoot and ta ta ta…here are the top 10 reasons from my personal experience.

  1. Gift for their groom: One of my last clients planned a couple of months ahead of her wedding day to present her husband to be with an album of her with her veil…only her veil..oh and a garterbelt! She left it beautifully wrapped in the room where the groom was getting ready on their wedding day. Can you imagine how excited he was to run to the altar?! 10 best reasons to do a boudoir photoshoot ~by Best Boudoir LA in Los Angeles
  2. Personal Challenge: Usually my bookings are planned at least 3-4 weeks ahead of time. When I received a phone call one morning to accomodate the same day for two ladies I was almost going to turn them down. It was my day off and my makeup girl was out of town. However my heart opened up when the lady on the other end explained that she and her friend were attending a personal growth seminar and had to face one of their biggest fears, to show their bodies in front of a camera, the same day! Needless to say somehow we made this appointment work! The two ladies were absolutely beautiful inside and out and they were thrilled at the end of the day, we provided proof that they finished their boudoir session.10 best reasons to do a boudoir photoshoot ~by Best Boudoir LA in Los Angeles

3. Celebrating a birthday: Of course any birthday is a great reason to create photo memories, but my favorite ones are the milestones. 30, 40, 50 and 60! I am turning 50 next year and I have already planned to have amazing pictures done by one of my awesome collegues. I happen to love pictures, because I am a super visual person and associate pictures with how I was feeling at the time. Do you remember what you felt like at 20? And what did you look like? Were you happy?

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4. A breakup: I’ve had several clients who came to me right after a breakup. That  may sound strange, but makes total sense to me. Women go through a lot of emotions during a breakup and long for a change in their personal affairs, for a confidence boost or some reassurance that they are still desirable and beautiful. To let a professional makeup artist and photographer do their magic shows their readiness to open a new chapter!

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5. For an anniversary: Half of the women coming to me for a boudoir photoshoot are married and have an anniversary coming up to surprise their husbands. It is even more fun when ladies tell me they never wear makeup or lingerie and that it would be completely out of character. Their significant other wouldn’t expect a sexy photo album of the woman they thought they knew. It makes a wonderful surprise and unexpected gift!

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6. Weightloss: A couple of my clients came back for a second or third shoot after they lost a significant amount of weight and wanted to celebrate their new look with brand new boudoir photos. Though they loved their pictures before, they wanted to see what they actually looked like 20 lbs lighter. Also they get to go shopping for clothing they weren’t able to fit before.

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7. Pregnancy: Maternity boudoir is a special celebration for the baby to come. It is absolutely lovely to see how beautiful a pregnant woman glows. Yes a photoshoot can be tiring and it’s hard to move around, legs maybe swollen or skin too tight, but believe me that all is forgotten when the pictures are ready.  The baby belly is an amazing memory which most often is forgotten about. I wish I had thought about doing a photoshoot with my belly, I missed out!

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8. Spice things up: There is nothing more sexy than to play a little dress up, to get a bit adventurous and naughty! Some of the ladies I shoot with tell me that they are bored with their 8-5 trott at work and want to add a bit of excitement to their life. Whether they are with a significant other or not is irrelevant.

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9. Show off a tattoo or piercing:  Tattoos and piercings are the rage right now and half of the women I shoot have at least one or two tattoos or piercings they would like to feature in their boudoir photos. Often their ink is in private places that won’t ever show, unless they wear very little. A boudoir shoot is the perfect occassion to show them off.

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10. Empower oneself: I am sure you have heard it before, a boudoir photoshoot is very empowering to a women. This is the number one comment after a boudoir shoot I get “I feel so empowered!” Why is that? The ladies are allowed to get in touch with their sensuality in a safe environment. Nobody is here to judge, on the contrary, the photographer encourages and draws out the most beautiful assets of their clients and help them to express their individual sexuality.

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Actualy I could list a bunch more reasons why a boudoir photoshoot is so awesome. Have you ever done one? What was your personal experience? Are you hesitant to book a boudoir session and why? I would love to hear from you!

xoxo

Beate Pilgreen

Best Boudoir LA

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How sexy are you? Quiz

 

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Do you think you are less or more sexy than others? Take this test to find out how you measure up!


    1. What time of the day do you enjoy sex the most?

Mornings when I am fresh and rested
Anytime seems fine for me.
Evenings when I can prepare myself mentally to have sex.

    1. When do you feel sexy?

When I get compliments from my spouse.
When I am naked looking at myself in the mirror.
When I am dressed suggestively.

    1. Would you get dressed up in a costume for your spouse to spice things up?

Never! You get what you get!
That would be totally fun! Heck ya!
Maybe if it is not too crazy.

    1. Have you ever done a little sexting?

A little? Sexting is my middle name. Yes!
No I am a bit shy, it is just embarassing!
I have tried, but I don’t think I am good at it.

    1. How often do you initiate sex?

Most of the time
Never
Sometimes

    1. Do you take sexy photos of yourself to share with your spouse?

I have, but when I was in better shape. Not lately
I would never do that! What for?
Yes, I enjoy it to show myself in a sexy pose for my spouse

    1. What is your idea of good sex?

Sex is like pizza, even if it’s bad it’s good! Any sex is good
When I can cuddle after sex, it feels good for me.
It’s only good when I am in love with my partner.

    1. What do your undergarments look like?

For special occassions I will wear something sexy
Always lacey, sexy outfits. Just in case!
Whatever has been in my drawers for years, mostly cotton briefs.

    1. Do you share sexual fantasies with your partner?

I have shared one before, but would like to get better at it
Of course! It’s more fun and we may get to try them out
No, that is private to me. I just go with whatever my partner like

    1. Have you ever considered a professional boudoir photoshoot?

I may do it one day, I have to look into it first
Never, I am too private to be photographed in lingerie
I am booking one today!

Book your boudoir session today to get in touch with your sexiness!
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How to create a portable flower wall backdrop for photography

Flower wall photography backdrop

Recently I created a 4’x6′ flower backdrop for my photo studio. This project took about 25 hours( over 3 days) and $150 to do. So it is actually very time consuming and not cheap, but the end result is great and very unique!

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I had seen a flower wall in photos on IG and loved the colorful happy feel it gave the photo. I actually contacted the photographer personally to find out where I could purchase the backdrop. She graciously returned my inquiry by telling me she had built her flower wall herself. Looking at her photos it appeared that her wall was stationary in a designated area of her studio.

My studio is small and I have to rearrange backdrops to accomplish different looks in my humble space. Therefore I knew that my flower wall I was about to create had to be portable and lightweight for that matter. Now I can use it in portrait or landcsape format.

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I settled for a insulation board from Homedepot which has one silver reflective side and was like $20. The board is super light and was 8’x4′, too large to fit in my car, so I asked to get it cut down to 6’x4′. I kept the cutoff piece. (I use the cut off piece as a reflector now).

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My local dollar store is Dollar King in Glendale, CA and I bought a load of different colored silk flowers. My color theme is mainly kept pinks, reds, white and some yellow. During my project I went back 2 times to get more flowers and alltogether spent around $110 in flowers( if I had gone to my craft store it would have been easily double the amount) I also spent $20 for a new glue gun and glue sticks.

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I decided to use the silver side of the board, because I was afraid that the blue print would have showed through th flowers. In hind sight I could have covered that side with white paper or duct tape to cover as I discovered later the silver would peek through a bit and show reflection and I had to add flowers super tightly to cover every bit of the board.

I pulled off the flowers it’s stems, but kept the single green base on each flower then and poked a hole with the hard green flower base individually into the board and then hot glued every single flower into the board. I carefully mixed up my colors and types of flowers.

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This process is tedious and very time consuming. I don’t see how to speed up the process, except maybe to have multiple people help from each corner. Also if you try to cover your board with a white surface it may also beneficial as you could possibly spread your flowers slightly apart.flower wall

I was afraid to let my teenagers help me with gluing the flowers, because I thought it may show later different styles, therefore I dedicated my time to do this project all by myself.

 

The wall becomes a little bit heavier with the flowers on, but it s still light enough to handle bymyself easily, I can even transport it in my car if I want.Flower wall and chinese umbrella

I have done several photo shoots with it and love that I have it, though if I had known about the amount of work invloved I may not have done it.

 

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Old Hollywood Charm Boudoir for Today’s Ladies

 

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When I look at the old time black and white movie star photos I get a sense of glamour and chic that today’s photography is sometimes lacking. Modern photography is beautiful as well and eye or lip color can enhance a photo, sometimes an HDR post production will add interest.

However in this series of photos I wanted to recreate the feel of Old Hollywood using black and white photography, lighting, hair and makeup. Rather than using flash photography I like using continuous light, especially spot lighting to add shadows and drama. My makeup artist did a wonderul job enhancing this lady’s hair and makeup with a touch of 50s style.

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Another tool is to add the right props for a photo shoot like this. To keep things simple I like to use black backgrounds and satin sheets as seen in many black and white photos. Of course vintage furniture or lingerie are a nice touch as well, though not absolutely necessary.

I really like the outcome of these black and white photos and use them quite often on my client’s photos. Albums of this type are especially nice as they seem to be right out of another era and there is a surprise element when the viewer realizes that the woman pictured is their own wife, a soccer mom or friend.

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If you are interested in receiving more inforamtion, contact me here at Best Boudoir LA. I am happy to answer any questions you may have!

 

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Maternity Boudoir

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Maternity boudoir photography Los Angeles baby belly

 

The last few years it has become very popular to flaunt a pregnant baby belly in anticipation of welcoming a new addion to a couple’s life. Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were the front runners who publicly got pictured nude or semi nude in boudoir photos on magazine covers.

Maternity boudoir photography Los Angeles baby belly

 

It is an expression of how comfortable and proud a woman shows her changing body and starts the first memories on connecting with her unborn child. There are more curves to be flaunted and a beautiful glow to be captured which makes it a great experience for both the photographer and of course the mother to be.

Maternity boudoir photography Los Angeles baby belly

Looking at the pregnancy boudoir photos years after will bring back memories on what it was like to be one and how exciting it was to expecting. A great memory not only for the mother, but also for the father and the rest of the family. Years later a mother may express to her child how welcomed he was and what it was like to get ready for him.

Selfies are nice, but to show off the whole beauty of a woman and her baby belly it should be done professionally. We want to avoid images that are unflattereing and essentially would be rejected to look at or shared with others. We use hair, makeup and edits to highlight a woman’s best features and hide insecurities.

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If you are interested in more details about our maternity boudoir photos or know a lady who would be interested, please contact me here at http://bestboudoirla.com/contactus

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Boudoir at the Beach?

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I was recently asked to do a boudoir photo shoot at the beach. Traditionally I do most of my shoots in my studio in NELA in a more intimate setting. The word ‘boudoir’ is French for ‘bedroom’ and usually involves lingerie and bedsheets. However I happen to love the beach and posing and angles are similar and I was totally game!

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To shoot on location is a whole different ball game than in a controlled studio atmosphere. There is wind, water, sand, sun, clouds and people to consider. I had to take a lot more shots to get the best photos, but I was very pleased with the outcome.

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The golden hour right before sunset is the perfect time to get the most beautiful and flattering photos. The lady in this image is 49 years young and she looks amazing to begin with, but the golden sunlight gave her a little touch of extra magic.

If you are interested in more info about my photography services check out my website bestboudoirla.com

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Teasing without Sleazing in Boudoir Photography

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In boudoir photography it is not all about showing everything. Yes it is sensual, sexy and provocative, yes it is often nude or implied nude, but it is not pornographic or sleazy.

 

Often times I have to reposition legs, hands or bodies to make them look more classy and tasteful, rather than spread legs and expose breasts. It is all about the story and mood in the picture and the photographer controls the tone of which the photo expresses.

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The majority of my clients are wives, professionals and mothers who never had a professional photoshoot done before and rarely show their sensual side to anyone, but their spouse. It is very important to me to protect the ladies’ integrity, but at the same time allow them to be vulnerable and emotional.

The best photos happen when my clients trust me in my judgement and artistic eye to showcast them in images they will love forever. If you are curious about a boudoir photoshoot contact me here.

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Boudoir empowers women

10965328_10204930925065382_1847492404_nOften women put other people’s needs before their own, their spouse’s, their children’s, their household’s and their work place’s. To get pampered, to get undivided attention, to be the star in the room may seem foreign, but it feels absolutely invigorating.

After most boudoir photoshoots women will tell me how empowered and uplifted they feel. During their shoot they are allowed to show their sensual vulnerable side, gently guided by professionals without having to be in charge.

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The reveal of the finished images always brings smiles and sometimes even tears of joy to a woman’s face. Do you know that most women are unaware how beautiful they are until they actually see themselves in a boudoir photo?

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At fiftyfour years old this lady thought she couldn’t pull off showing herself in lingerie. I’d say she totally rocked it!

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When she saw the images she couldn’t believe how beautiful and elegant she looked. She is a beautiful women inside and out, before and after the makeover. What do you think?

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When I met this young lady recently for a boudoir photoshoot I was delighted to dicover the strong confidence in her own body. She was very comfortable with it and I loved that she didn’t want me to avoid any parts of her when photographing her.

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Often women tell me they want me to cover or edit their stomach or thighs, because they think they are too fat, too skinny or plain ugly. I really understand that first hand, because the media and society in general has a certain beauty standard and for the most part we want to fit in.

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This beautiful young woman in contrast was very relaxed about her image and trusted me to show her from any angle. It was a very refreshing and endearing experience and I am delighted with the result. To be comfortable within one’s on skin exudes as confidence and that is absolutely sexy!

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If you have questions about boudoir photography, please contact me at Best Boudoir LA.

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